TODAY Getting Groovy with Spock

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David Kowis

Feb 12, 2020, 11:29:12 AM2/12/20
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Getting Groovy with Spock


Whether using Test Driven Development, Business Driven Development or different development process, Spock provides a framework using a testing domain-specific language for your Java source code.

About Spock Framework

Spock is a testing and specification framework for Java and Groovy applications. What makes it stand out from the crowd is its beautiful and highly expressive specification language. Thanks to its JUnit runner, Spock is compatible with most IDEs, build tools, and continuous integration servers. Spock is inspired by JUnit, jMock, RSpec, Groovy, Scala, Vulcans, and other fascinating life forms.

Spock uses the Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) in Groovy, which removes many of the ceremonial handcuffs that come with other frameworks, creating a fluid test domain-specific language.


Clearly the best way of showing Spock’s capabilities is by example. That is why in this talk I will limit slides and opt for live code instead to show off the power of Spock. Join me in going boldly where many developers have gone and many more will go by learning the basics of Spock Framework.

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Presenter: David Parry

David Parry mentors, designs and develops for the Fullstack (MicroStack). During his career, he coined the phrase, “Code does not lie.” This is why you will observe him with his sleeves rolled up, implementing and testing his designs with fellow professional developers. He has worked for a range of companies from startups to big four consulting firms allowing him to have a wide range of experiences and opportunities.

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Sponsored by JRebel

JRebel and XRebel enable Java development teams to create better applications, faster. By improving developer productivity, and making it easier to find and fix bugs in complicated situations, our tools give developers the power to accelerate Java development.


We'll hold a drawing at the end of the meeting. To enter, you must register on the application provided at the meeting. All requested information must be provided, and you must be present to win.

Meeting Location:
5445 Legacy Drive
Suite 100
Plano TX

Location Details:

Improving is located at 5445 Legacy Dr. in Plano. This is the Northwest corner of Legacy and Hedgcoxe. It doesn't have great signage right now so here is a picture of the south side of the building (the side facing Legacy) where you should park and enter.

A couple of things:
  • Doors will be locked after 6:00 PM but we will be monitoring the south doors until the meeting starts at 7:00 PM
  • After that or if you can't get in before then and no one is watching text (469) 444-0196.
  • There is parking on the north side of the building too. 
Hope to see everyone there.

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